Dodger Thoughts

Jon Weisman's outlet for dealing psychologically with the Los Angeles Dodgers, baseball and life

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DM WF 070By Jon Weisman

It was hard not to be a little skeptical about Thursday’s Will Ferrell stunt across Major League Baseball, but it helped knowing that it was for a good cause, and pretty quickly it became clear how much fun it was going to be.

It helped that Ferrell, while engaging in all the hijinx, displayed such a sincere love for the game himself. And he looked pretty good out there — for a 47-year-old. (I’m particularly sympathetic to that demographic.)

I’m sure it had to be a distraction on some level, but the memories seem to have been worth it.

But now, it’s back to the real players  …

  • A scout told J.P. Hoornstra of the Daily News that he was “particularly impressed by Sergio Santos, who touched 94 on the gun.”
  • Julio Urias is the No. 2 pitching prospect in baseball, according to John Sickels’ Minor League Ball, behind local boy Lucas Giolito of the Nationals.  Grant Holmes is 41st. On the hitting side, Corey Seager is sixth, Joc Pederson 10th and Alex Verdugo 50th.
  • You know all the big names by now, but David Hood of True Blue L.A. offers his favorites to watch among the next generation of Dodger prospects.
  • A classic W.C. Heinz profile of the inimitable Pete Reiser is on display, courtesy of The Stacks.
  • Former Dodger Chuck Connors, aka “The Rifleman,” made David Schoenfield’s all-celebrity baseball team at’s Sweet Spot.
  • James Harris, one of my heroes growing up here in the 1970s, gets a nice tribute from Samuel G. Freedman at the New Yorker. It’s a worthwhile history lesson.


Video: Will Ferrell pitches for the Dodgers


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  1. oldbrooklynfan

    I’m sort of proud, for some reason, at least that’s the only way of describing the feeling to know Pete Reiser was still a Dodger when I became a Dodger fan. Maybe I’m glad to be still around.

  2. Yeah I’m also sympathetic as I will leave my Kenny Landreaux age in just a few weeks. Who wore 45?

    And it’s weird how the brain says “the ball is right here” when it’s actually somewhere else. So good for Will for fielding that ball.

    Pete Reiser! Something fun to read tonight.

  3. Artie, the best 45 in LA Dodger history was Pedro Martinez, even though it was only for parts of 2 seasons. It’s never been a big number in LA Dodger history.

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